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competition. >> unheard of $3.5 million in fundraising. perhaps by the time george p. bush is ready to begin his campaign for higher office, the texas tea party will be decaffeinated. that is all for now. i'll see you back here tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. eastern. the ed show is up next. good evening, americans. welcome to the ed show live from new york. let's get to work. >> what president obama could do to get putin's attention is to start to build the keystone pipe line. >> start pumping out natural gas. >> if the u.s. doesn't produce it, they will. >> the keystone pipeline must be approved. russian is blackmailing europe over energy. >> customers continue to say they need the pipeline. >> fossil fuel industry will always outspend everybody else.
>> look at what is happening in ukraine. >> it's mainly about energy. >> great suggestions, one the keystone pipeline. >> marketplace continues to push to build the pipeline. >> i'm right when i talk about that inherent link between energy and security. >> i know that pipeline is necessary. >> america needs pipelines. >> good to have you with us. thanks for watching. we're getting into the say anything, do anything phase of the keystone xl pipeline. all the smart people saying we got to have it. we must not be very secure right now. if we don't build this pipeline, we're not going to be very secure. you see, conservatives what they're doing right now is that they are exploiting a foreign policy situation overseas to get something that they really want and they really don't know a whole hell of a lot about. they are shamelessly using the crisis in the ukraine to push
for the keystone xl pipeline. i say not so fast. the conservative noise machine is incorrectly saying the completion of the pipeline would weaken russia? >> the keystone pipeline must be approved. why? because russia is blackmailing europe over energy. supplies the third of oil and natural gas to the eu. the more oil and natural gas the usa and canada can produce and distribute, the weaker russia becomes on the world stage. >> let's dredge up the awful phrase drill, baby, drill. start pumping out natural gas that undercuts the price and we'll win the new cold war by bankrupting russia without firing a shot. >> 18 pipelines run right through the ukraine and now putin has control of that, right? >> right. see, and building of pipelines is an example of developing natural resources and what they
can provide to a region. america needs pipelines just like the other parts of the globe that we were just talking about need their pipelines. we need ours. and those protesters griping about perhaps an earth worm will be displaced when a pipeline is built in america, that earth worm, it can take one for the team. >> all of these conservatives who were so convinced that america is going to be insecure if we don't have this pipeline should go visit the bakken shale. go to north dakota, find out how much oil is coming out of the ground. we got so much oil coming out of the ground in this country, a record amount i might add, warren buffett can't own enough trains. if this crowd is pushing for the pipeline, that's the first thing that would bring me to the conclusion it's a really bad idea. they are dead wrong. and here is why. the numbers. global market consumes about 92 million barrels of oil a day.
that of course was not reported over there. if the keystone xl pipeline is completed, it would differ roughly 830,000 barrels of oil a today. you'll make the case that roughly 1% is going to make russia insecure and us that much more secure? there is no way this small fraction of global oil production would undercut the russians in any way shape or form, nor would it tip us over the top to be globally secure for generations to come. i thought we were trying on get off oil. make no mistake, the keystone xl pipeline potly chotly contested. everybody shochoosing sides. pressure on president obama is growing every single day. former secretary of state george p. schultz, no relation, has come out in support of the pipeline. now, schultz told the vail
global energy forum he's backing the project because it makes america less dependent on middle east oil. wrong. people tell me this will replace oil coming from venezuela. i don't believe that either. we got experts all over the place, dwont we? anyway, shut told the forum that is oil that doesn't go through the straits of hormuz. all right. a lot of oil does go through that portion of the world, but who says it will come to the united states? the canadian government is also stepping up its efforts to get the pipeline approved. ambassador to the united states, who i think is a quality guy, a good guy, has been a great politician for the canadians for years and not known to lie, he wrote a letter to john kerry on friday urging the united states to support the pipeline. he said if the pipeline is approved, can that today will work to reduce carbon emissions. ambassador wrote canada is
committed to additional actions to reduce carbon emissions further. on friday, he told me and president obama, he says if the president says no to the pipeline, he's going to be saying yes to greenhouse gases. >> what it if the president says no to this, what does this do to diplomatic relations with canada? >> first of all, if the president says no, he's saying yes to higher greenhouse gases because the oil is coming down whether anybody likes it or not on rail. >> so it will either come down on rail, on truck or it will be barged. okay? all right. meanwhile, trans canada ceo russ gerling is telling the president of the united states basically what to do. at an energy event in houston, he said it is the next pipeline that is going to be built. the marketplace continues to
push us to build a pipeline. it's the right thing to do. it takes a lot of nerve for a ceo of a multinational corporation to announce to the american people and the president of the united states to tell the president of the united states what is going to happen. now, someone i think should inform mr. gerling he doesn't run the country. the people do. the president of the united states alone has the choice. also he took slams at critics saying that the pipeline that they say that the canadian oil sands is like the largest carbon bomb in the world. it's pure fabrication. it's meant to scare annen inf m uninformed public. this this is the stuff these guys are throwing out across the world. i wonder if he would want it running through his backyard. i guess not. here is the bottom line. president obama is expected to make a decision before the
midterms. the public comment period ends in just a couple of days. the environmental groups plan to hand deliver 1.5 million public comments to the state department coming up on friday. president obama told a group of governors he expects to make a decision in the next few months. in the next few months. that means the president would do it before the midterm, that means the president would do it before the comment closes. here is couple things to consider. number one, you talk about being inclusive. the native american tribes out there, they say they have not been consulted. well, they will be going to washington. the last month in april, they will hold a massive protest in washington. they will bring out teepees and everything else. it will be interesting to see. now, this russ gerling guy who wants this, about every six months, he goes off the rails telling stockholders just wait a couple more week, we'll get
permitted through nebraska. he's been saying that for five years. so whatever he said down it houston is just more chatter. now, i can go out in this research of doing on the xl pipeline, i can find an expert over here who is for it, somebody over here who is against it. let me give you an absolute tonight. something that you can really hang your hat on. show me the pipeline. here is what we're talking about. existing pipeline. this is already built from the nebraska border all the way down to where it's going to be refined in the gulf coast. this is the only area where the pipeline has not been constructed. the red dots. it goes over this blue area which is the aquifer. so let me give you an absolute. the aquifer is feet deep. not thousands of feet. i mean feet deep over this this territory in nebraska. this pipeline if it's the constructed just like every
other pipeline, it will leak. it's an absolute. it will leak. the first xl pipeline leaked. the first xl pipeline comes down here and then goes to chicago. well, this one is going to be bigger, it will be carrying something a heck of a lot different, it will leak. you can count on it. so the question is this, america. do you want to risk -- does the president of the united states want to risk damaging the aquifer, and i'm talking about irreversible damage. this isn't something the oil companies will be able to come in and fix the aquifer. no. when that oil if and when it does get in there, now what are we going to do is th? you are going to make void the farm economy in this part of the country. that is the risk. no matter what any expert tells you on the left, on the right, on the blue, on the green, or the center, no appear what their degrees are, this is where they want to put the pipeline, this is what it will go over. and this is the risk.
mr. president, are we so energy-void that we have to do this? i would love to see the president of the united states go to nebraska and talk to the folks on the ground. find out exactly how far down that aquifer goes. and what an oil spill would do. and what the ramifications would be. this right here, the keystone xl pipeline that would go over this aquifer is one of the biggest energy risks this country will ever take. ever. ever. it is going to be one of the most disastrous things if it does leak because it is ir reversionable. mr. president, say no to this project. i turn this night on this program, i was wrong, but after researching both sides and listening to all the experts, i
don't think america needs to take this risk. that is not even taking into consideration our diplomatic relations with canada, all this noise you're hearing on the right wing about russia, forget it. that has nothing to do with our energy security and it will not affect the price if we're worried about that on the global market. bottom line is this is american territory is what this is. this is the land of the american people who are concerned about their future, who are concerned about car about an emissions, who are concerned about their stability. they pay taxes, too. they claim that their representatives won't even listen to them. now, if nobody in nebraska and the governor turns on him, mr. president, it seems like you'll have to go talk to these people in nebraska. you'll have to meet with them because the other representatives won't. you won't have all the
information, mr. president, unless you do what i did. it's an eye opener. it's a risk. it's unnecessary. we don't have to do this. there is plenty of oil and plnt of ways to move it. putting it over the aquifer would be a huge mistake for america. and if you say no, mr. president, it will be a huge symbolic symbol, it will be a huge symbolic statement to the country and to the world we're serious about this climate thing. get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's question. is the keystone xl pipeline worth the risk? text a for yes, b for no to 67622. you can can go to our blog. we'll bring you the results later in the show. for more, let me bring in earnest schneider who covered the event in houston. great to have you with us tonight. >> thank, houston. great to have you with us
tonight. >> thank, ed. >> what was the tone of what was being said at that event? >> ceo of trans canada tried to project a sense of inevitability. much of the capacity has already been sold, so you referenced his shareholders earlier and certainly he wants to calm their nerves. but at this major conference, he also has many of his customers. the companies that actually extract the crude oil from the ground. they're nervous, so he wants to calm them down and let them know this is going to happen. >> what codo they say about a potential oil leak of a big magnitude over the aquifer? and it could happen. and in business you look at everything before you make a decision. this is an absolute. put the experts aside, pro, con, whatever. this is where they want to put it. this is the potential damage if something goes wrong. that is irreversible. you can't change that. what do they say to that?
>> i asked gerling that very question and he goes this will be a brand new pipeline, so he used that sort of as his defense against any potential spill. there is a broad acknowledgement in the pipeline industry that, yes, leaks do happen. but it's a cost of doing business. so gerling says this will be a brand new pipeline. that is how he views it. >> as new pipelines have no disasters whatsoever. does this ceo think this is a done deal? >> i would say that he's trying to certainly project that. i did ask him, i said ultimately president obama could come back and say no in a few months. he didn't really want to talk about that. but when i pushed him hard, he said about we get a no, we'll be there the next day with another application for a pipeline. so he's going to push hard on this. they're $2.2 billion into this project, so they have a lot on the line. the whole entire project is $5.4 billion. so will there is a lot of money play here. >> thanks for your time.
i want to bring in congressman from arizona questioning the entire credibility of the state department report that came out. your reaction to trans canada ceo saying the pipeline is going to be built. >> i think you described it well. arrogance. also total desperation if i may say to try to reassure his investor, not the american people, his stockholders, that this will be built regardless of what science tells us. and that is the crux of or challenge to the state department. the perceived conflict of interest between the consulting company that did the report and providing the findings for the state department. we've asked the government accountability office to look into that, to look into the process the state department used. because we can't go back to an era where cheney and bush would decide in secret meetings what the energy policy for america
needs to be. we're going to base this in science. let's make sure the science is clean and certainly the organization being paid by our tax dollars also is clean and free of conflict of interest. and in this case, this company did work for trans canada in the past. >> what would be a good study for you to report to? and i've seen a number of them. what would be a good study that you would rely your integrity on? >> i think the american people would place a great deal of integrity in a transparent process, in a process in which all the points are vetted. and where there is no appearance and no direct conflict of interest. i think you go for the academy of science. you go to those reputable organizations to get the kind of independent, up by nbiased look reality. to have a cozy business
relationship with the company and the consultant that is advising the state department i think is something the american people are not going to have any credibility in. and this pipeline is not going to deal with the occupation of russia in ukraine. this won't give us energy independence. this is all about exporting that canadian product out in the gulf out to the rest of the world. and whatever that ceo said, that a climate change bomb, an emissions bomb that is proportionally up larger than any other extraction. >> the conservative narrative right now is very desperate when they're tying to russia. congressman, good to have you with us. appreciate it. coming up, the fight for public education is heating up across the country. the rapid response panel will join me to discuss how
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>> the number three trender. seen, not heard. >> i respectfully exercise my fifth amendment right. i will decline to answer any question. >> i ain't saying nothing. >> i have no expectation if miss lerner will cooperate. >> and darrel sl issa takes off. >> i'm ranking member and i want to ask a question. >> the hearing is adjourned. i gave you an opportunity to ask a he question. you had no question. >> wait, stop, come back. >> she's taking the fifth. the number two trender, hard sell. >> will we as the united states cooperate in standing with israel? >> if you are not with us, then by definition, you are against us. >> the president of the united states was helped enormously by the jewish community.
he made promises that we would have -- >> michele bachmann slams american jews for selling out their homeland. >> i'm shocked, shocked. >> jewish organizations who it appears have made it their priority to support the political ambitions of the president over the best interests of israel. and today's top trender, uphill battle. >> 1.3 million people lost their benefits december 28th. >> so far, absolutely nothing has been done to help these americans. >> now 2 million people all together would have been eligible for these benefits, but instead, they are getting nothing. >> theharry reid plans another e oun employment insurance. >> i'm going to it try again, yes. >> each week another 70,000 people would have been eligible for those federal benefits. >> senate republicans have flat out abandoned these unemployed americans. >> they need one more senate
republican to join them. >> i believe there is a number of republican senators who want to get something done. >> joining me now is congressman james clyburn of south carolina. good to have you with us. >> thank you so much. >> i want to show you the website from the house ways and means committee that is up right now that is keeping track of how many americans are losing their unemployment benefits. this website continues to track it, it changes and is updated every eight seconds. we're over 2 million. the question begs, do the republicans want to do anything about the unemployed in this country? >> no, they don't. and that is a real shame. we're talking about hard working americans who have found themselves out of jobs and no fault of their own. what we're talking about is trying to keep these people above water until they can find gainful employment. this has a dramatic impact on these families, negative impact
i might add, on these families as well as the communities within which they live. this kind of stimulus is needed for the families and the communities where they do their shopping. so this is one big problem that the republicans refuse to deal with. >> harry reid says he'll use savings from the farm bill to offset the costs of helping out the long term unemployed. is there money to be found there? >> yes. when we did the farm bill, one of the things that did that get talked about was the significance reduction in the deficit that comes from passing the farm bill. and i wish we could do immigration because there is another $58 billion to be saved it if we were to pass the immigration bill. so all of these bills are not just bills to deal with an
apparent problem, but also have tremendous positive impact on our economy and senator reid is correct, if he could get that money, we've already passed the farm bill, so that money is there and it could be used to offset whatever the costs would be to unemployment. though i don't believe you ought to do that. this is an emergency. you ought to treat it as an emergency and not worry about finding a way to pay for it at this particular jupncture. >> dent partment of health and human services has told americans if they like their health insurance, they can keep it another two years. affordable care act compliance is being changed, be extended. doesn't this cut to the spirit of the what you and break it dolaw and break it down is this one rope we passed health care is to get standards in the insurance industry.passed health care is get standards in the insurance industry. why this set back for the law?
>> because six months is not enough time for people to really understand exactly what it is that they have. a lot of people think they like what they have because they have never tried to use it. when they attempt to use it is when they find out that they have deductibles that they can't afford, they have co-payments that they cannot reach. and that is a problem. but getting people to understand that sometimes require that they have the experience. and so if we can take time for people to study their policies, get somebody to help them see exactly what it is that they've got, then i think you'll see a lot of them dropping these policies on their own. these people will not have to worry about canceling their policies. i've seen it. i was in my hometown last saturday night and a lady came up to me and told me that she had a deductible that she could not afford, she had a son who had a seizure at the age of 25.
and when affordable care act went into effect, she could not bring him on her policy because he had this -- he had already turned 26. now he has his own policy and paying i might add $15 a month. >> so this is constituent motivated. the democrats are making the move on this because this is what they're hearing back home. it's not for any kind of to dodge it during the midterms? >> absolutely not. we want people to feel that they are in fact in charge of their destiny. for them to think that we're taking something away from them is not good. >> congressman clyburn, great to have you with us. thank you, sir. appreciate your time. coming up, conservatives pushed taxpayer money from public schools to for-profit charter schools. and later, republicans continue
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welcome back to the ed show. progressives need to sound the at larm about high stakes testing, mass school closures and corporate takeover of public education in this country. a new report by the national alliance for public charter schools shows 600 new public charter schools opened
nationwide between 2013 to 2014. it's the new wave. more than 2.5 million students attend 6500 public chart the ter schools nationwide and enrollment has jumped 225% over the last decade. what is going on here? new york city is one of the many areas where charter schools are growing. public schools are paying the price. the ceo of success academy charter schools in new york is locked in a mayor with mayor de blas blasio. he announced he's axing three charter schools in her network. >> you would think in a city and a state and the nation that has an educational crisis of monumental proportions we would welcome alternatives that have high performance. but instead, a so-called progressive mayor, and make no
mistake, it is not progressive to disenfranchise poor minority kids. >> what about accountability some you mean to tell me vus because it's a charter school, it's going to be perfect because it's for-profit? sorry, folks. i don't buy it. there are standards. not every charter school performs well, especially against public schools. new york city bill de blasio, i think he's totally right. and he's not alone in this mission. public school activists from every corner in the united states met over the weekend at the university of texas to launch a nationwide movement to defend public education against corporate takeover in phony test driven reform. texas school superintendent took the stage to express his concerns with the private sector ceo formula. >> where do we go for redress of our grievances once we've surrendered our constitutional guarantees some do we march in the board room of a charter management group or some found days some school reform.
>> well, to begin with, they're not public. they call themselves public charter schools because they're not public. they are privately managed corporate owned schools that get money from the government. and what we are creating right
now is a dual school system. one school system called the charter system gets to choose its students, gets to keep those it wants, throws out those it doesn't want. almost all of them have fewer children with special needs. fewer -- half as many kids with disabilities, half as many kids who don't speak english. and they have more funding. her schools get $2,000 a year more in funding than a regular public school. >> so it's a selected environment? >> absolutely. >> is mayor de blasio correct in doing what he's doing? >> he didn't shut any school. that is the irony. the bloomberg administration as it was leaving swiftly approved 49 applications for charters. he approved 39 out of 49. she got three new schools. three of her applications were denied. so she's saying that three of her schools were closed. they don't even exist. >> ruth, what did you take out of the conference down in texas? what is this movement going to
do, and also what about -- that is kind of the belly of the beast down there when it comes to testing and forming the tests that our students will be taking. isn't it? >> it absolutely is. and you know as diane put it so he will lo eloquently, it's really the heart of the testing industrial complex. and i think what we see is a nationwide movement of public school activists, of teachers, of parents and students themselves who are saying there is something wrong when we have this dual system, when we have corporations sucking money out of the public school system to run -- to make a roft. and we see that the results in these schools whether they're voucher schools or charter schools are not even as good as the public schools. millions of dollars are coming out of our public school system to finance these operations. and it's backed by this ideology that is promoted by a lot of think tanks like the bradley foundation here in wisconsin which has pushed the idea the schools are failing, public schools are failing, need to be broken up and handed over to
private business. and that message is very toxic. it's very profitable for companies like the pierce and largest testing company in the world based in texas and has six full-time lobbyists and $500 million contract to administer the tests. but it's really bad for students and bad for teachers in order to promote this. >> so what is the game plan to fight back against this? >> i think what was really moving about this conference, and you played a little of the speech, was to see these people from all over the country, from coast to coast at the very grass roots level who have really gotten the idea that there is a massive democratic issue here, that we need to fight to preserve the issue that we have a public school system that is there to serve everybody. we're all invested it. and it shouldn't be broken up into smaller pieces of private industry that profit a few people at the expense of this
great democratic thing that we have in the public school system. >> are we definitely short changing public schools because of a charter system? >> absolutely. every dollar that goes to a charter school, they're not all for profit, by the way. she makes close to a half a million dollars a year to oversee a very small chain of about 7,000 students. that is more than the president of the united states. there are for-profit schools. michigan for example, more than 80% of the charters operate for-roft. and governor smwants to get ridf it. >> is this another way to get rid of the teachers unions? >> part of the game plan is to get rid of unions. many states passed laws making it illegal. most teachers no longer belong to a krun because their state doesn't allow them to. the game plan is to break up the teaching profession and to have low wage people. that is the business plan. low wage people who come in and
work for two or three years and then they leave and somebody else comes in and works for two or three years. so therefore you have no pensions, but you also have no profession. you have no experience. this country has been so horrible to teachers. we're bleeding teachers. many states have lost their veterans and their experienced teachers and they're depending now on people with one year of experience. >> all right. diane, come back. we'll talk more about that. ruth, thank you so much, as well. appreciate your time tonight. coming up, republicans are trying to paint president obama as weak for his position on the issues of the ukraine. where was this criticism when president bush was in office? a couple of examples we're looking at. i'll talk to charlie rangel about all of this.r al kinds of . i go to angie's list to gauge whether or not the projects will be done in a timely fashion and within budget. angie's list members can tell you which provider is the best in town. you'll find reviews on everything from home repair to healthcare. now that we're expecting, i like the fact
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thing with the tea party. the tea party leaders are plummeting in the polls and the ex-senator is in a spiral of denial. >> i got involved in senate race when i was in the senate, but not atsenate. but here at heritage, we're not political. >> you're seen as one of the backers, one of the intellectual god fathers of the tea party. >> you can't say one is tea party and the other is not. >> come on, senator. >> i'm called senator tea party and i've never been part of a tea party in my life. i've been to a lot of meetings. >> really? been to a lot of meetings? it isn't a spectator sport. demint has spoken as countless tea party conventions and rallies. if the shutdown obamacare loving hater isn't a tea partier, i'm not ed shultz. the tea party is in trouble and the president of the heritage foundation, he doesn't want a legacy. he wants donors. jim demint can jump a sinking ship, but if he thinks we'll forget he's the captain, he can keep on pretending.
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russia made a choice. and we have clearly stated that we believe it is the wrong choice, that is the choice to move troops into crimea. russia can now choose to de-escalate this situation, and we are committed to working with russia. that together with our friends and allies in an effort to
provide a way for this entire situation to find the road to deescalation. >> welcome back to "the ed show." the united states is increasing its military presence in poland and the baltic. secretary of state john kerry makes a push to ease tensions, republicans are just getting started in their push to paint president obama as weak. >> putin decides what he wants to do and he does it in half a day. he makes a decision and he executes it. quickly. then everybody reacts. that's what you call a leader. president obama, got to think about it, he's got to go over it again. he's got to talk to more people about it. >> i think he's come to the conclusion after benghazi, after syria, after egypt, after everything that obama's been engaged in, he's a weak indecisive leader. >> the person to blame is vladimir putin.
he's the one who did it. i think there are cases through the cost benefit that vladimir putin would go through. >> the world is never a better place when you have a weak indecisive president. and russia is a symptom of that weakness. >> president obama's weak foreign policy is the real problem. >> it's a tragedy that we're led by -- we're not even led. that we have such a weakling for a president. >> let's bring in charlie rangel who knows a thing or two about war. good to have you with us tonight, congressman. what's your response to this narrative we have the weakest president in history? >> well, fortunately i think americans are aware that the people that spoke against the president of the united states when he was going through delegate negotiations that affect our national security, that they just don't have any credibility. if i was going to be criticized, i would rather be criticized by those people who are not
president, who ran and lost or who are seeking presidencies. they were on the outside. they have to be on television saying something. but the truth of the matter is as we can see the president and senator kerry has pulled all these pieces together. we got speaker boehner saying that we are going to unite behind the president of the united states during this crisis. i think that's a step in a direction that we haven't seen happen in a very, very long time. quite frankly, i was on the floor today as the republicans put up for the 50th time a bill that would destroy obamacare or the affordable care act. >> that's all they're about. they're jumping on anything they can. i want to point out that hillary clinton spoke out at a situation in ukraine at a fund raiser in california. someone recorded her comments despite the fact that organizers
forbid recordings. take a listen to this. >> now, if this sounds familiar, it's what hitler did back in the '30s. all the germans that were, you know, the ethnic germans, the germans by ancestry who were in places like czechoslovakia and romania and other places, hitler kept saying they're not being treated right. i must go and protect my people. and that's what's gotten everybody so nervous. >> hillary clinton went on to clarify those remarks today saying i want people to have historic perspective. i'm not making a comparison certainly. but i am recommending that we perhaps can learn from this tactic that has been used before. what is your response to that, congressman? i mean, i understand she's talking about a political method to justify the action that putin is doing. your take on this? >> well, listen. that's a diplomatic thing. i think it was president bush who looked into putin's eyes and
saw directly into his soul. and so i don't know what former president bush saw, but there is no question that once you're a great power as the soviet union used to be, they have to do certain things in order to create the fact that they are part of international leadership. but i think president obama said it all. that when you defy the international community and invade another nation, a sovereign nation for whatever cause, it is totally unacceptable. and this ask where the people who disagree should unite as it relates not to his presidency but the security of the united states of america. they could cut this cancer outside of the republican party and start trying to be american for a change. >> charlie rangel, great to have you with us tonight. >> always good to be with you. >> you bet. thank you, sir. that's the ed show. "politicsnation" starts right now. good evening, rev.
>> good evening, ed. and thanks to you for tuning in. tonight's lead, darrell issa's witch hunt. this republican congressman has repeatedly vilified the president. persecuted the attorney general. and turned his committee into a kangaroo court. and we saw it again today. chairman issa hauled a former official back before his committee even though he knew she'd plead the fifth and refuse to testify. he grilled her repeatedly all for show, all for the benefit of the tv cameras. then issa bankruabruptly ended hearing without allowing a single democratic lawmaker to ask even one question. the democrats ranking member congressman elijah cummings was not having it. >> therefore, we stand